Listen: Christopher Mitchell Explains What the Infrastructure Bill Means for Internet Access

Date: 17 Nov 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Last week, a monumental infrastructure bill passed with $65 billion devoted to broadband investment. This money will build rural connectivity, develop state policies for local broadband, and create a more digitally inclusive economy. … Read More

New Research Shows How Failed Federal Policy Has Allowed Monopoly Internet Providers to Mislead Customers

Date: 11 Nov 2021 | posted in: Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) examines Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) transparency — or lack thereof — around the Internet service packages they offer. Shopping for Broadband: Failed Federal Policy Creates Murky Marketplace finds that locally-controlled broadband networks are the most transparent around key service details. Large ISPs, on the other hand, are more likely to make information like upload speed and pricing difficult or impossible to find.… Read More

Communities Seize the Opportunity to Invest in Local Broadband — Episode 139 of Building Local Power

Date: 11 Nov 2021 | posted in: Building Local Power | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

On this episode of the Building Local Power podcast, host Jess Del Fiacco is joined by two members of ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks initiative: Sean Gonsalves and Emma Gautier. They discuss new research they’ve been working on, including tracking how communities are spending federal infrastructure money on broadband projects and why shopping for a new Internet service is such a frustrating process. … Read More

Report: Failed Federal Policy Generates Customer Frustration in Broadband Marketplace

Date: 11 Nov 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) examines Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) transparency — or lack thereof — around the Internet service packages they offer. Shopping for Broadband: Failed Federal Policy Creates Murky Marketplace finds that locally-controlled broadband networks are the most transparent around key service details. … Read More

Infrastructure Bill Passes: ‘Our Broadband Moment’

Date: 9 Nov 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This past Friday Congress finally passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The legislation includes $65 billion to boost high-speed Internet connectivity – “the largest (federal) investment in broadband deployment ever,” as noted by Benton Institute for Broadband & Society. … Read More

New Treasury Rules: Good News for Community-Driven Broadband Solutions

Date: 2 Nov 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The U.S. Department of Treasury recently released the guidelines governing the Capital Projects Fund (CPF) — a $10 billion pot of money available to states, territories, and Tribal governments to confront the need for improved Internet connectivity exposed during the pandemic.… Read More

Statement from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance on Today’s Reintroduction of the Bank Merger Review Modernization Act

Date: 30 Sep 2021 | posted in: Banking, Press Release, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The following statement was issued by Stacy Mitchell, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, in response to legislation reintroduced today by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.) that would ensure greater regulatory scrutiny of mergers in the banking and financial services sector. … Read More

A Community Guide to Federal Funding Opportunities for Broadband

Date: 28 Sep 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This guide consolidates the different funding opportunities made available through various relief packages to assist communities interested in accessing federal funds to expand broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion services.… Read More

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